Signs that you may be depressed. Ways to deal with it. Find the best psychiatrist near you.
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What is Depression?
When Neha relocated to a new city as she got a new job, she already knew her transition would be difficult/stressful. Afterall it was all new for her and she was in this kind of a situation for the first ever time. For Neha it all seemed a lot at once to take and work around with. Everyday she would try to put in extra effort to do things correctly or else she would start stressing out how will she be able to manage things on her own, she would feel anxious and pressurized at the same time to give her best at the job and at home. Eventually, she would ignore taking care of herself and do basic things like cooking, eating a proper meal, taking care of her hygiene also her social circle had gone down to almost zero individuals, and would hardly interact with anyone.
Here Neha’s mother suggested her to seek help and to visit a psychiatrist atleast once to understand these drastic changes. After a lengthy search, she could manage to find a psychiatrist with whom she could relate and open up about her difficulties. Neha and her mother initially thought of anxiety but she was diagnosed with Depression. She was also given a mild anti-depressant which would help in pumping her mood and making her a little active also it will take care of any negative unhealthy thoughts which were bothering her earlier.
Even though Neha started with her medication she still had a feeling of shame to accept her mental health is disturbed and of her diagnosis. She had numerous questions about the disorder and why it happened to her. But eventually, she was made to understand any life changing events, can make an individual feel in a certain way which may cause stress or anxiety in them leading to gradually increasing intensity of it.
Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease your ability to function at work and at home.
Causes of Depression:
There can be 4 causes of depression:
- Family History: Although there are no specific genes we can look for while looking for depression. If any family member have had depression then an individual’s chances of having it increases.
- Illness/Health issues: If an individual is having a long standing illness heart failure, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, arthritis, epilepsy etc. can also affect mental health.
- Addiction/ Substance abuse: Any kind of substance abuse or addiction can too lead to mental illness as it affects individuals’ brain chemicals.
- Personality: Some people and personalities are more vulnerable to experience depression as they tend to get stressed or worry easily, may have adjustment issues, low self-esteem, perfectionism and sensitivity to criticism.
Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:
- Feeling sad or having a depressed mood
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
- Changes in appetite - weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
- Loss of energy or increased fatigue
- Increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., inability to sit still, pacing, handwringing) or slowed movements or speech (these actions must be severe enough to be observable by others)
- Feeling worthless or guilty
- Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions
- Thoughts of death or suicide
Symptoms must last at least two weeks and must represent a change in your previous level of functioning for a diagnosis of depression.
Treatment/ ways to deal with it.
● First and foremost, the most important thing is to accept that something is not right within you or the way you have been feeling and if some unhealthy thoughts are visiting you which is making you feel unpleasant.
● Medication: Medications are used to treat depression, which targets the brains chemical production. Mainly Anti-depressants are used to increases the activity of chemicals in brain, such as neurotransmitters which helps in decreasing the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
● Altering lifestyles: Making simple changes in lifestyles such as sleep cycle (7 hour sleep atleast), fresh home cooked meals, keeping the body hydrated, exercise (any physical activity), practising meditation, breathing or starting with simple yoga.
● Therapy: Medications does help in treating depression but along with it therapy also goes hand in hand, since it helps in coping with feelings and thoughts also how to dispute them.
24 x 7 Mpower Mental Health Helpline no. 1800 120 820050
You can reach out to the below mentioned centres for help:
MPOWER- THE CENTRE (MUMBAI)
1/155, 15, Nyaymurti Sitaram
Patkar Marg, Khareghat Colony,
Hughes Road, Mumbai - 400007
MPOWER - THE FOUNDATION (MUMBAI)
22B, vasantrao N Naik Marg,
Opp. Bhatia Hospital, Tardeo,
Mumbai - 400 007.
+91 22 2386 8650
+91 22 2387 5147
+91 81087 99299
+91 22 23828133
+91 22 23856228
MPOWER- THE CENTRE (BENGALURU)
2nd Floor, 2983, 12th Main,
Indira Nagar, HAL, 2nd stage,
Bengaluru - 560 008.
+91 80 25209712
MPOWER - THE CENTRE (KOLKATA)
Unit N210A-211, 2nd Floor,
North Block, Ideal Plaza,
11/1, Sarat Bose Road
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